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C-Elementary Science –MS Update – August 2012. Wayne Fisher Elementary Science Specialist [email protected] 980 343 0621.

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C elementary science ms update august 2012

C-Elementary Science –MSUpdate – August 2012

Wayne FisherElementary Science [email protected] 343 0621


C elementary science ms update august 2012

“ My mission is to help teachers be better teachers, students better students, schools better schools, and the world a better place.”Wayne Fisher, Elementary Science Specialist


What is the most important thing about elementary science

What is the most important thing about elementary science?

  • Academic Vocabulary?

  • Reading and Writing in Science?

  • Hands-on experiments?

  • Aligning Activities to Objectives?

  • Formative and Summative Assessments?

  • 5th Grade EOG Scores?


The answer is

The Answer Is ……

None of the above!


The most important thing about elementary science is

The most important thing about elementary science is ….

Excitement!


C elementary science ms update august 2012

  • The wrong question according to Mike Mathos is …

    How do we raise test scores?


C elementary science ms update august 2012

  • The right question is according to Wayne Fisher is …..

    How do we excite students about learning? …. and learning elementary science in particular.


C elementary science ms update august 2012

Let’s take a look at EOG scores for the old Standard Course of Study.

That exercise will give us a clue as to how to excite students about science.


Growth of eog scores

Growth of EOG Scores

  • 2007-200839.6 %baseline

  • 2008-200959.9 %

  • 2009-201068.3 %

  • 2010-201173.0 %

  • 2011-2012 75.0 %

  • New Baseline for Essential Standard in 2012-2013


What made a difference in growth of eog scores

What made a difference in growth of EOG scores?

Focus on Best Practices

  • A challenging and rigorous curriculum

  • Reading and writing in science

  • Inquiry based learning – science labs

  • Innovative use of technology – Discovery Ed

  • Formative and summative assessments


Specific stem initiatives

Specific STEM Initiatives

  • Make time for science! 3 x 45 minutes minimum

  • Professional Development focused on building content knowledge and pedagogy.

    • SITE Science K-2

    • SITE Science 3-5

    • NASA STEM Educators’ Workshop

    • UNCC K-12 STEM Conference (January 3rd, 2013)

    • 5th Grade Science Conference

    • STEM Institute for Elementary Science


Get students excited

Get Students Excited!

  • Science Olympiad, It’s Elementary! 12-20-28

  • Camp Invention! 4-17-24-44-47-42

  • Engineering Is Elementary! 3-8-14-20-35-40

  • Science Labs 6-14-22-30-40

  • STEMpalooza! -- LegoRobotics0-5-15-18

  • Science/Engineering Fairs 10-16-26-30-40

  • STEM Days/Nights at School 0-3-12-15


District wide support

District-Wide Support

  • Sharing Information

    • Elementary Science Listserves K/2, 2/3, 4/5

      • http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/ci/mathandscience/Pages/Listserv.aspx

    • Elementary Science Wiki

      • http://elementaryscience.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/

        You will have a chance to sign up for the Science Listserve and/or the Science Wiki in your breakout session!


Elementary science alliance for 2012 2013

Elementary Science Alliance for 2012-2013

  • Purpose: Provide opportunities for grade level teachers to meet to share ideas to excite students about science.

  • When: 3rd Tuesday of each month9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/163:15-4:45 3:45-5:15 4:15-5:45 4:45-6:15

  • Where: Various schools throughout CMS

  • Who: Grade level teachers and host teachers


C elementary science ms update august 2012

Do you have high expectations for yourself?

Do you have high expectations for your students?

What do high expectations look, sound, and feel like?


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